There is no trail route that circumnavigates Mt. Baker.  According to Jeff List on Fastest Known Time, the route is approximately 71.6 miles with 22,753 elevation gain.  The route is 41% trail, 31% road (3.7 miles paved), and 28% off-trail.  This route is extremely difficult, requires expert navigation skills, and an enormous amount of planning.  Jeff started at Ridley Creek Trailhead and went clockwise.


Trails and roads used are:

Forest Service Roads 33, 38, 39, 3940

Glacier Creek Road

Heliotrope Ridge Trail

Cougar Divide Trail

Skyline Divide Trail

Ptarmigan Ridge Trail

Chain Lakes Trail

Wild Goose Trail

Lake Ann Trail

Boulder Ridge Trail

Scott Paul Trail

Park Butte Trail

Belle Pass Trail

Ridley Creek Trail

Swift Creek Trail

There are lots of bushwacking travel to connect trails.


Jeff List’s Route via Garmin inReach tracking points (not exact)


Read more about Jeff List’s Mt Baker Circumnavigation on his trip report.


Cover photos:  Artist’s Point (Zheng Guang); Mt. Baker from Heliotrope Ridge Trail (Christopher Walker)